If you recall what I said about the NFL conference championship games last week, then you know that I was right. Me pushing for the Packers and Colts in both games was a sure sign that the games were certain to end just the way they did.
Running back Justin Forsett all but put the game away with his second rushing touchdown late in the fourth quarter as the Ravens beat the New Orleans Saints, 34-27, in front of an announced 73,773 at Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Some sports name three stars of the game after the game. I'll do that one better: I'm going to name them before the Ravens even play. These will be the three stars of the game when the Ravens travel to the site of their Super Bowl XLVII win in New Orleans to face the Saints on Monday Night Football.
Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith purchased several Devon Still Cincinnati Bengals jerseys, which the team is selling to raise money for a local hospital in honor of Still's four-year-old daughter, Leah, who is being treated for cancer.
The Ravens, for a variety of reasons, have shown no interest in perusing the slim veteran free agent market that includes Brandon Lloyd, Braylon Edwards, Laurent Robinson, Austin Collie, Josh Cribbs and David Nelson.
The Super Bowl has created a veritable cottage industry of parties surrounding it, and nowhere is this more evident than in the XLVII game in New Orleans, a city that knows how to have fun. Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49er fans join athletes and celebrities enjoying the city's food, drinks and hospitality.
Every morning, Monday through Friday, blogger Matt Vensel will hook you up with reading material -- mostly on the Ravens but with some other Baltimore sports stuff, too -- to skim through as you slug down coffee and slack off at the start of your workday.
Every Monday, the day after our favorite day of the week but still hours before that week's slate of games officially wraps up with "Monday Night Football," Matt Vensel will bring you his weekly premature NFL power rankings. Why Monday? Because who wants to wait until Tuesday or Wednesday for power rankings?
This week, each of the 32 NFL teams will start their seasons with renewed hope and dozens of reasons -- real or imagined -- to believe that they will be the ones leaving their sweaty fingerprints on the Lombardi Trophy at season's end. But let's be honest here: Most teams won¿t come remotely close to touching it.